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-year-old james holmes who has been identified as the shooting suspect at the movie massacre there in aurora, colorado. jeremy, confirm for us, too, the car, the vehicle that was parked behind the movie theater that is holmes' vehicle. he also said there were explosives in that but police have not confirmed they found anything like that in the vehicle, right? >> from what we heard in the early hours of this incident, we heard that he told police that there were possibly explosives in his car, but when they apprehended him and they have seized his vehicle from what we understand, there were no explosives in his car. but i'll tell you, around this apartment complex, i have never seen so much yellow police christmas tape criss cro-crossi neighborhood like this. this is quite amazing. they are taking this very slowly, methodically, delicately. police are crawling all over this neighborhood. they're going to take their time with this. at the same time, you got to think about this. there's all these possible explosives inside this apartment unit. they don't want to destroy any evid
suspect has been confirmed as 24-year-old james holmes, but we now understand police and investigators on the scene of his apartment has figured out it's booby trapped. can you confirm that? >> this guy was methodical in his planning. about ten minutes ago, chief dan oates of the aurora police department said, quote, booby trapped. the third floor of this apartment unit is where this suspect lived, and on the third floor, they cannot enter that apartment because it is booby trapped. the chief said that it looks pretty sophisticated. that's his quote. the briefing was very quick, they would not answer any questions. there are fire trucks here surrounding this very generic-looking apartment complex. it's a very generic, unassuming apartment complex, but the police department dealing with an extraordinary circumstance now, a booby-trapped apartment. they won't say how it's booby trapped, but fire trucks are here with their ladders extended to the building, just in case they have to detonate things inside that apartment. >> we were watching that this morning. you mentioned the hook and lad
this evening. 24-year-old james eagan holmes is under arrest. the police say that he booby trapped his apartment before heading to the theater to carry out the attack. we have a team of correspondents covering this rapidly developing story, including the biggest mystery of all, the motive. first we'll turn to barry petersen. >> reporter: for theater goer this is started as a very special night for the many fans of batman movies. the suspect bought a ticket for the 12:05 a.m. special premier. law enforcement sources tell us holmes dyed his hair like batman's foe the joker. >> i was in the second row. >> reporter: shortly after the movie began, corbin date saw someone get up and leave through an emergency exit. >> i noticed a guy who was sitting to the far right went out to the emergency exit, which is unusual. >> reporter: parked outside the door was holmes' car. inside, an arsenal. he put in a helmet, bullet-proof vest, leg protection and armed himself. >> an a.r.-15 assault rifle, a remington 870 shotgun, 12 gauge shotgun, and a .40 caliber glock handgun. >> reporter: aurora police ch
behind me. bullet casings were on my forehead. >> the suspect, james holmes was arrested. >> he was apprehended with three weapons in the car. >> according to one official, holmes told investigators he was the joker, a super villain in the batman movie. he looked like a deranged individual. he had his hair painted red. >> holmes told police his apartment was booby trapped. s.w.a.t. teams found flammable materials inside of the home. we're learning more about the ald gunman. abc news confirmed he purchased guns legally in the last few months and has a degree in neuroscience. >> and abc 7 news is in colorado to cover the tragedy in aurora. we'll hear from her live on abc 7 news at 5:00 and she'll tweet updates. >> and we know the name of one of the victims of the massacre. aspiring sportscaster went professionally by jessica redfield, an intern in a denver radio station. we'll have the heart breaking way the world found out about her death today. >> we're learning more about the gunman. he grew up in san diego and graduated with honors in uc riverside. >> he was in the process of
for right now. the suspect, james holmes, has been arrested. police believe he acted alone and his motive right now is unknown. tonight, authorities in colorado are trying to piece the puzzle together and we are learning new details about what led up to the tragic event. tom fitzgerald has been tracking the information and he has the latest from the newsroom. tom. >> that motive is the big question tonight in aurora, colorado, where federal local officials are still trying to get to the bottom of exactly what motivated this massacre. the suspect surrendered to authorities where this all unfolded and as this day has gone on, there were just more questions about what fueled this attack. >> it was shortly after midnight when dispatchers started sending police to a packed colorado theater. a man was shooting into the audience. >> units getting into the scene now. somebody actively shooting. >> it all started when the alleged gunman, 24-year-old james holmes, went to the front of the theater and let loose a gas canister. some believed it was a stunt for the film and gunfire rang out
studying for some meaning, how did james holmes become the 24-year-old grad student who called himself "the joker." across the country, abc news is on this story and david mur is starting our coverage of what happened in that theater minute by minute. >> diane, good evening. this the the movie theater in colorado. it is incredible to think last night those theaters with sold out. so many movie goer excited to see batman. they saw a real life horror scene. they carry t oud the bo disof the dead. >> reporter: these are the terrifying moments captured on a cellphone. the chaos that unfolded minutes into the new "batman" movie. >> oh my god. this is crazy. >> reporter: moviegoers thought the first signs of smoke in that theatre were all part of the premiere. but soon patrons were racing from the theatre covered in blood. it all began as a night of anticipation. four sold out theatres in aurora, colorado -- just outside denver. some people dressed as characters from the film. some tweets from those arriving -- it's going to be a good night, wrote one. but 24-year-old james holmes, the suspect, h
. they appear to be certainly of high caliber. >> reporter: holmes was armed with an assault weapon and two high caliber pistols. he surrendered without putting up a fight warning officers his apartment was bobby trapped with explosives. >> chemical elements and incendiary elements, linked together with wires. as a layman something i've never seen before. >> as the investigation continues at his apartment and theater holmes family in san diego has released a written statement which says in part our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. the faces of those lost in the shooting are coming to light now. people like jessica ghawi, an aspiring sports kachter recently moved from san antonio, texas to denver. so many struggling like investigators here to understand how and why it happened. jay gray, nbc news, aurora, colorado. >> president obama and mitt romney both had campaign rallies scheduled for today. they appeared as not rallies only briefly and only to comment on the shooting. >> if there's anything to take way from this trage
is in custody has been identified as 24-year- old james holmes. as this day unfolded, the horror from those early moments of this shooting rampage have lost none of their impact. >> the first call went out after midnight. packed theater premiering a new bat man film, a horrific attack is being unleashed that was all too real. >> 3:14, for a shooting at century theaters. they are saying somebody is shooting in the auditorium. >> it began when the alleged gunman, 24-year-old james holmes stood in front of the screen. some said they thought it was part of the film or a prank. people in the theater say the first shots were followed by larger bursts of gunfire. >> they heard a loud explosion and shortly after that, we heard gun shots open up and it sounded like a fully automatic weapon. >> cell phone video captured the moments. theater goers are seen covered in blood. they put the death toll at 12 dead in all 71 shot, a three month old baby. >> most of the injuries were again gun shot wounds, they varied from wounds to the chest and abdomen to extremity wounds as well. >> near his car in
night 24-year-old suspected gunman james eagan holmes walked into a sold out movie screening of the new batman movie. he hurled a cannister of tear gas in and opened fire. there are 12 dead. 71 shot. holmes was arrested in a parking lot behind the theater shortly after the massacre. a law enforcement official confirms that holmes had red or orange hair when he was apprehended. and he told police that he was the villain the joker from batman. despite these details, countless questions remain. among them what caused this former ph.d. candidate to commit such a heinous act when there were signs he was unstable. and there are questions, too, about his apartment. police say he left it booby trapped with explosives. but why? we'll sort through all of this and even hear eyewitnesses who watched all of this unfold. joining me now is chris jansing. she's in aurora, colorado. chris, thanks for joining me this evening. >> thank you so much, reverend al. i want you to know we are just getting word from officials that the bodies of the people who were inside that movie theater, the people who were k
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, this generic looking apartment unit, that's where james holmes lives. >> in a multidwelling building. >> yes. there's at least several families that live in this apartment complex. inside that unit, inside that unit there are numerous one liter bottles of liquid that's not identifiable yet. connected to those bottles are wires, trip wires. today the chief of police for the aurora police department used the term booby trapped. this apartment is loaded. it's dangerous. it's also -- you know, it's under the impression of investigators that there is evidence inside this apartment that is just loaded with all these explosive devices. so they have taken photographs of the apartment from the outside so they could have a good idea of how they're going to handle the explosives. and it's possible from what we're hearing that they may detonate what's inside that apartment. we're being told by police they may actually shut down this major arterial here in aurora when they do that. if and when they do that. >> so this seems to have been laid out in a sophisticated way, at least it appears that way at thi
ranging from three months old to 45 years old. he accused shooter, james holmes is in custody. >> we have more on what exactly happened. >> just moments ago the family of the suspect james holmes issued a statement saying their heart goes out of those involved. they also asked for their privacy at this time. we are learning more about the suspects, including that he is a student at the university of colorado medical school but withdrew last month. an aspiring sports journalist named jessica is the first person to be identified in this horrific incident. mayhem in a colorado movie theater. 24-year-old james holmes opened fire at a midnight screening of batman killing 12 people. images of the scene were captured on cell phones. according to witnesses james holmes dressed in all black wearing a gas mask and a bulletproof vest. he released some sort of gas then opened fire. >> i tried to help my friends get out. >> 12 people were killed, dozens of others ranging in age from three months to 45 years old were taken to area hospitals many in critical condition. >> anywhere from mild to severe i
physical r harm, the suspected shooter, 24-year-old james holmes, taken into custody outside the multiplex shortly after the attack. authorities have not released a motive and fbi say there are no indications the shooting was tied to any terrorist groups. what we know is this right now. it appears to be a planned assault and aurora's police chief apprehended the suspect, a shotgun, and a handgunment another was in his car and he wore a litany of ballistic gear. >> suspect was dressed in black. he was wearing a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector and groin protector and a gas mask. >> and at this hour, police are working to disharm holmes' aurora apartment. they've been working hard all day, which they say is boby trapped in an elaborate fashion. >> we are trying to determine how to disarm the flammable or explosive material that's in there, so that's why we're here. we could be here for hours or days. the pictures are pretty disturbing. looks pretty sophisticated. >> the tragedy pushed politics aside today as both the president and his rival,
as 24-year-old james holmes who lived in aurora. as we just told us, his home is booby-trapped at this time. they are right now trying to work to disarm some flammable or explosive material that is inside that apartment. there is a live look for you right now as they continue to work to do this. police say the gunman wore a bulletproof vest. also a gas mask as he detonated gas canisters and opened fire on a crowded theater early this morning in colorado. cell phone video shows the chaos is terrified moviegoers come out of the movie plots. here now, are the sites and sounds of this nightmare. >> there are explosions behind me and i thought it was just a normal practical joke. >> there are people shot right now. there are people running out of fear that her shot. >> guys come running in, running through the theaters and the exit and he is like, don't go out in the lobby. someone is shooting people out there. >> one of my friends got scammed by a bullet on the neck. he is okay. he was at the hospital. another one of my friends just got a bullet slammed him in him on the le
: through all of that chaos and confusion, police apprehended james holmes in the parking lot and later searched his apartment that we just told you about. we have reaction pouring in from around the country right now. we just heard from the president. the president says the tragedy reminds us how we are united as an american family. the next hour we expect to hear from governor mitt romney in new hampshire. he is quick to speak on this. just a few moments from now, we are going to speak to an eyewitness. that is coming out. first, trace gallagher has breaking details for us. reporter: when 24-year-old james holmes was arrested, he told authorities there were explosives inside his apartment. at first they thought they were not. i want to go back to the first shot. that is a brewing situation, because the authorities are telling us that it is, in fact, booby-trapped. they are just not sure how. they don't know if it's gas bombs or wired. you can see the fire department right now. they have evacuated the rest of the building and the police just told us a short time ago that this could be
of the apartment complex we are told that's the residence of james holmes. inside that residence, inside that apartment unit is a booby-trapped apartment, according to the chief of the aurora police department, daniel oates. we were told by the aurora fire department inside there are numerous bottles containing some type of unknown liquid. connected to the bottles are wires. it is a sophisticated sort of contraption or operation that the suspect set up in this apartment. it seems he was methodical a in his plan. at this point, we have been told by the fire department, by the police that they have snapped photographs from the outside of the apartment through a window hoping to use those photographs to dissect what's inside that apartment so they can safely move into that unit and try to disable those explosives. in the meantime, behind me here you can see numerous fire trucks. they have had ladders extended all morning. they are here just in case the bomb squad and fire department decides to detonate whatever is inside the apartment. back to you. >> you have been speaking to residents the
and talk about it. >> we believe that as part of this assault mr. holmes set off two devices to distract the crowd. they ignited in some form and released some sort of irritant or smoke. the suspect was dressed all in black. he was wearing a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector and a groin protector and a gas mask and black tactical gloves. >> he clearly wanted to survive. he clearly wanted to feel and look military in doing this. what does that tell you? >> well, you know, normally mass murderers end up dead at the end of the day. they don't care. they're fed one life. they want their name in the headlights and ah-hha, ha, i ha done it. and in norway when he mowed down children on the island. he's been in court bragging. put out the manifesto. i wouldn't be surprised if this guy read it. there is a new breed that wants to commit the crime and get to enjoy, you know, the benefits of stull being alive. >> pat, i'm curious what you are saying about the norway shooter and the potential commonality is interesting to me. i'm thinking of jared lau
are dead. there are at least 40 people in critical condition. a 24 year-old, james holmes is and police custody. sadly, this is the proximity thof columbine, tragedy. nine people are listed in critical condition. with reports of a three-month old is in sight of that theater. some of these victims ranged in age from just three months old. the screening of the batman movie, 'the dark knight rises'. the shooter is in custody they believe that he was the only person involved in this attack. a smoke dough ithe vicdevice. >> and one person said that my friend was shot. and i said, what? and we ran down to his house and and i am here. i am not going to go to work because it is irrelevant. i want to make sure that near my friend's side. it is irrelevant if i have to go to work. >> it is disgusting. and i am a firm believer and god and all i can do is pray. >> the search brought a handgun as they searched his a vehicle. this is ski police chief. this is the police chief. >> we have a least 10 victims in the theater. and we do know that people have died at area hospitals. >> we continue to follow
, colorado are trying to navigate through jamie holmes' home. at least 12 people are dead and over 50 are injured in a shooting. among those hurt is a 3-month- old baby. police say 24-year-old holmes walked into the theater and started firing. here's what witnesses had to say about the horror inside that theater. >> he was just in a black gas mask and all black. besides that -- [ inaudible ] >> he took a gun and pointed it straight to my face. he was literally three feet away from me. he was wearing a gas mask and he looked like he was from a s.w.a.t. team or something. i was just terrifed. i didn't know what to do. i jumped forward into the aisle and curled into a ball and waited for him to go up the stairs. >> there was a break. stuck my head up. caught a glimpse of him, the main silhouette and he started shooting again. >> none of us knew what was going on. at that point there's a large crowd in front of the theater and everybody started sprinting away from the theater. >> president obama cut his florida campaign swing short after hearing about the massacre in fort myers, florida.
holmes. he's 24 years of age. how did police arrest him? listen to this, he never made it out of the theater apartment. police say her surrendered without a fight. we are learning more about him. such as the fact he was a phd in neuroscience at the university of colorado. he was in the process of withdrawing. police and federal agents are trying to enter the third floor apartment of holmes'. >> we're not sure what we're dealing with in the home. they appear to be incendiary devices. there's some chemical elements. they are linked together with all kind of wires. we have a lot of very smart bomb teches up there trying to figure out what we're going to do. >> ed, let's talk about what you know with that apartment. he said it's an active and difficult situation and it could take hours, if not days, for that community to be secure. >> they are trying to figure out what they are dealing with inside james holmes apartment. they don't know what they are dealing with at this point and they have to take every precaution. what is interesting is that parentally it was james holmes himsel
about the person that done this. >> we have a suspect in custody. >> james eagan holmes. >> we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this cht . >>> it is now just 14 hours from when all eyes shifted to the tragedy in aurora, colorado. one of the deadliest mass shootings in u.s. history. the details remain influx, but here's the latest this hour. 71 shot. 12 died. the rest were injured. now, the tragic shooting in colorado has stunned the nation an the political world today. it happened just after the start of a midnight premier of the new bat man movie, "the dark knight rises." a heavily armed gunman bursting into the theatre through an exit door and here's how witnesses describe what happened next. >> he threw one gas like, one tear gas thing. >> landed in the road. hit the girl right in front of us. then it exploded. >> then he threw another one. i think that went to the right of us. >> and did you see him starting to shoot people at that point? >> he waited, he looked like, he looked so calm when he did it. it was scary. he waited for the
broke out during the midnight premier of the new batman movie. the suspect james holmes is in custody. authorities are searching his apartment locate ad few miles from the theater. they believe it is rigged with explosives and the search could take days. >>> police say the suspect was heavily armed last night when he barged into a crowded theater, hurling a gas canister and opening fire on the crowd. >> nbc's jay gray has the latest now. >> reporter: it was just after midnight when the "dark knight" quickly moved from fiction to reality. >> it sounded like madness. we were watching a scene of the movie. it was a shootout scene. guns were firing. a loud bang came from the right of the theater. smoke took over. >> reporter: witnesses say a man wearing a helmet, bullet proof vest, loaded with body armor and a gas mask burst through the exit door near the movie screen and tossed two canisters into the theater. >> it was a gas canister. got harder to breathe. then gun shots started. >> reporter: the gunman identified as 24-year-old james holmes fired one shot into the air then turned his w
holmes. they said he had been in the graduate program there in neuro sciences but he dropped out in june. we have learned he is originally from san diego. the mother is inside. his dad has left for colorado. a san diego police lieutenant anyone else to the family to the crime. >> our hearts go out to the friends and family of those involved. they are cooperating with the law enforcement and they did for your patience. >> this cellphone video shows one bloody victim amid the chaos. survivors were telling what they witnessed after he threw a gas canister inside the theater. they say he had at least four weapons. >> i saw with my friends and people i didn't know get shot. >> i was calling out. they say don't go over there. he is trying to everybody that trying to get out of main doors. >> i saw people that were shot and bleeding all over. i saw them bringing out a little kids. >> holmes acted alone. a threat persists. he said there were explosives at the apartment and that has turned out to be true. >> the pictures are pretty disturbing. it looks sophisticated how it's booby-trapped. >> the
holmes. he arrived apparently according to police after much planning. he was suited out from head to toe in tactical gear, carrying multiple weapons. imagine this. inside this state-of-the-art theater, this premiere movie, so many of the people in that theater had no other way of knowing that this wasn't somehow part of the presentation until it was clear the gas canister he fired off was real to suppress the crowd and the rounds coming from his weapons were real. our team is here assembled to cover this story. let's begin with what happened with nbc's miguel almaguer. >> 315 and 314 for a shooting at century theaters. >> reporter: the emergency calls flooded in as hundreds rushed out. >> i have people running out of the theater that have been shot. >> reporter: the victims soaked in blood, some carried out by family and friends. police say the gunman, 24-year-old neuro science graduate student james holmes wore body armor and was armed with an assault rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and two glock hand guns. minutes into the batman movie he opened fire with his hair dyed a reddish orange. he t
it was serious. >> reporter: it is possible that there are explosives at holmes' home that's what he told police. authorities went there immediately, evacuated the apartment complex and now searching and investigating that site. president obama has said committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice and ensuring the safety of our people and caring for hose who have been wounded. -- for those who have been wounded. investigators believe that holmes does not have ties to domestic or international terrorism. however, we are learn paris premiere of the new bat money movie has been cancelled. -- the new batman movie has been cancelled. >>> stay with us all morning long about the colorado shooting. the president will address the issue 8:20 this morning we will break into programming to bring that to you. >>> in other news, you see low clouds but we are going to warm up. >>> absolutely, sunshine faster than we saw yesterday warmer weather on the way today and the weekend, good morning. doppler is dry this morning. heading around the bay today drier conditions at 7:00, mid to upper 50s by noon
gunman now identified as 24-year-old james eagan holmes. he was arrested outside the theater near the back of a apartment. outside police found three weapons in that car, another gun was found inside the theater. authorities evacuated everyone in the suspect's apartment building by 4:00 a.m. after he warned them that his home was booby trapped. when they broke in later they found incendiary and chemical devices as well as apparent trip wires. police are still on the scene at that apartment. let's get the very latest right now starting with cnn's ed lavandera. he's over at the movie theater where all of this unfolded. what is the very latest, ed? >> reporter: wolf, we've just confirmed with a law enforcement source as to where these four guns were purchased. we've been told by this law enforcement source that all four guns were purchased legally within the last six months. two of the guns were purchased at a bass pro shop in the city of denver. one of the guns was purchased at a mountain gander gun store here in the town of aurora. another was purchased at a gander mountain in thor
holmes and some of the details about what took place in that theater up next. >> well, after all of the shooting was done, i looked up for a brief second and i saw he was reloading and walking towards the back of the theater and the arch is up, and i saw he was walking back there and i grabbed my girlfriend and my friend and i said we have to get going, because he is reloading and now is the chance. leaving i saw a guy laying on the floor covered in blood and a lot of people ran to help him when the guy was reloading the weapon. so we just left and a bunch of people left at that time. it was just crazy. juicy brats grilled up on a thursday. the perfect use of the 7th inning stretch. get that great taste anytime with kingsford match light charcoal. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] what's the point of an epa estimated 42 miles per gallon if the miles aren't interesting? the lexus ct hybrid. this is the pursuit of perfection. i tell mike what i can spend. i do my best to make that work. we're driving safely. and sue saved money on brakes. now that's personal pricing. >>> investigators
sight was unknowable. the search really will go on now to find out who in fact james holmes was. this is an incredible puzzle. lots of pieces that need to be put together here. of course all of the resources of nbc news are on the scene right now and we'll make sure that if there is any breaking news about this, we'll get it to you right away. we'll have continuing coverage of course on msnbc, nbcnews.com and tonight brian williams will be reporting live from aurora colorado on "nbc nightly news" and ann curry will anchor a special edition of "dateline" live at 9:00 eastern, 8:00 central. i'm harry smith. nbc news, new york. >>> a guy walks in dressed all in black, helmet, dwas mgas mas black armor. >> take a very close look. this is the first picture we're getting of 24-year-old james holmes, the man police say opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in aurora, colorado, killing at least 12 people, injuring as many as 59 others. witnesses say he looked like an assassin who was, quote, ready to go to war. armed with several guns, tear gas and a gas mask, others are telling po
year-old james holmes into custody soon after the midnight massacre but the motive is still not known. holmes was a graduate student at the university of colorado but reportedly dropped out last month. the new batman movie was well underway at the century 16 complex in the denver suburb of aurora when the deadly chaos broke out towards the front of theater 8. cell phone video captured some of the frantic moments after the massacre. witnesses say the gunman was wearing a gas mask and detonated two canisters of some type of gas before opening fire on the unsuspecting audience. police say holmes was armed with a rifle and pistol when they arrested him without incident behind the theater. his apparent vehicle was searched. holmes told police that he had explosives at this apartment near the theater so the fbi joined police in searching the complex. and now there's word from the aurora police chief that the suspect's apartment may be booby trapped. the area has been evacuated. back at the theater, people are still trying to piece together what happened. because the shooting happened duri
, james eagan holmes, dressed in riot gear, burst into the packed theater through an emergency door. he set off two canisters, possibly filled with tear gas, and opened fire. holmes was a ph.d. candidate in the neuro science program at the university of colorado. but according to the university, the 24-year-old was in the process of withdrawing. prior to today, holmes only brush with the law was a speeding ticket from last year. he's expected to appear in court for the first time on monday. now to how events unfolded inside the theater. the chaos erupting about 30 minutes into the movie. at 12:39 local time according to "the denver post." >> shooting at century theaters. 300 east alameda avenue. they say somebody's shooting in the auditorium. there is at least one person that's been shot but they're saying there's hundreds of people just running around. >> within a minute, a minute and a half, police were on the scene. >> out of one of the theaters, we were seeing s.w.a.t. vehicles rolling up here -- >> 15, i've got seven down. >> copy, we'll notify fire, seven down in theater nine. >>
the gunman. 24-year-old james holmes was a science student at the university of colorado's medical school. he was in the process of dropping out when this happened. they describe him as a loaner. they believe he planned and carried out the mass shooting on his own. >> there is a shooting in the auditorium. >> at least one person is shot. they are saying there are hundreds of people running around. >> reporter: people were 30 minutes into watching the batman premiere when the gunman burst in. and detonated smoke canisters and then he started shooting. >> he came down with the gun in my face. 3 feet away from me at this point. i didn't know what to do. i was terrified. i jumped forward into the aisle and buried myself in there and hide myself. he was shooting people behind me and the casings were on me. >> there was a eresidents eery pause. >> he was going up the stairs and reloading. we kind of crawls down the stairs and ran out. ran out the theater. > >> and in the parking lot of the theater, he had an assault rifle and three guns with him. he was dressed in tactical gear. >> he was wearing a
the name of the 24-year-old suspect is james holmes. pierre, do we know anything more about mr. holmes? >> again, james holmes is described to me as federal law enforcement officials as 24 years old. white male. sources are saying that he has a pretty clean record so far, again, they have checked him out, no known nexus to domestic terrorism. sources are telling me that it's looking like a lone wolf scenario. as clayton sandell reported, more than 100 fbi acts on the scene assists the police. >> brian, getting information not only about his relationsh s relationships. >> abc news has spoken with his mother, in california, she confirmed for us that he is the person according to a phone call early this morning. >> that he's the one. >> she seems to be confused about it. she's in touch with local police in colorado as well. >> he's being described right now as a lone wolf, this is something that law enforcement officials have been worried about over the last year. >> if lone wolf applies to someone carry out a terror attack from a higher source, it doesn't seem to fit the profile, he app
believes that mr. holmes didn't have help. that he acted alone. >> reporter: you know, that was the scary part for folks. there was rumors at one point that there was a second person involved. from what police say he was wearing a costume, so everybody was looking at everybody else in the theater wearing a costume, obviously being a batman movie, a lot of folks were dressed up. nobody knew what was going on. as they were leaving the theater, everybody thought there was an explosive device in the parking lot. everybody was being rushed away from the parking lot. nobody knew what was going on. now police are saying it appears that only one person was involved in this. clearly in the middle of the night talking with witnesses everybody thought there was more than one person involved. >> kevin torres with kusa. thank you very much. we'll check back in. >>> nicole williams is with the swedish medical center, a level one trauma center in the denver area. she joins us now by phone. i understand you have -- how many patients do you have from the aurora movie theater in your hospital now? >> sure.
confirmed that the suspect is 24-year-old james holmes. two witnesses that were inside the theater 9 described what happened next on nbc station kusa. >> he threw one gas -- like one teargas thing. >> landed in the row in front of us, hit the girl in front of us. then they exploded. >> he threw another one. >> yeah. >> i think that went to the right of us. >> did you see him starting to shoot people at that point? >> he actually waited. he looked so calm when he did it. it was, like, scary. he waited for the bombs both to explode before he even made any move. then after both of them exploded he began to shoot. >> the first shot was in the air. after that he started shooting towards -- >> no specific target. he let loose. >> some theatregoers said they thought it was part of the movie since it happened during an action scene. some of the bullets went into theater 8 also showing "the dark knigh knight". k can usa reports as police arrived they saw people rushing out of the theater. some in such bad shape police put them in the back of cruisers and rushed them to hospital themselves. 50
, the suspect, james holmes, is now in custody. he a young man, just 24 years old. eyewitnesses describe him as armed for battle. a rifle, two handguns, a shotgun and smoke bombs. he was wearing a bulletproof vest and a gas mask and police now believe he did act alone. abc news has learned that more weapons have been recovered as awe see there, police searching in his apartment complex near the movie theater. >> that's right, concerned there were explosives there. that's what he told the police, cell phone video taken by a witness showing the bloody mayhem. 20 miles away from the columbine shooting in 1999, 13 students killed there, 13 people killed there. the scale of this -- of these casualties could end up being far worse. we have a reporter live on the scene. clayton sandell at the mall in aurora, colorado, where this carnage exploded hours ago. clayton? >> reporter: good morning, george. this is the multiplex where this shooting took place and there are hundreds of local police and federal agents inside right now processing what must be an absolutely horrific crime scene. it all began j
. this morning police have now identified the suspect in the shooting. he is 24-year-old james holmes. >> this massacre happened overnight at a movie theater in aurora, colorado, which is about 10 miles outside of denver. police say the suspect opened fire during the midnight showing of the highly anticipated latest batman movie, "the dark knight rises." this morning we are hearing at least 12 people are dead and 50 others are hurt. fox5's sherri ly is live in the newsroom with the latest on this tragedy. sherri, good morning. >> good morning, allison, tony. witnesses say this shooter fired into the crowded movie theater right after the movie started. some people apparently thought the gunfire was actual coming from the movie. people scrambled from the theater. this video from the denver post shows victims being carried out. the sound of alarms going off and people running for their lives. youtube video shows panicked people heading for the doors. some were bloodied. 12 people are dead. that's down from the initial 14 reported. about 50 others also injured, ranging in age from 3 month
at the century theater in aurora. the gunman is innedded as 24- year-old james holmes -- is identified as 24-year-old james holmes. he kicked opens the emergency -- he kirked open the emergency door -- he kicked open the emergency door he was wearing a gas mask. >> and smoke took over. it was really thick. nobody could see anything. me and my sister were sitting there wondering what was going on. >> cell phone video captured the scene. allie rasmus joins with us more witness accounts. >> we have an update on one of the victims. in our last report we told but a 3-month-old baby who had been shot. well, now doctors have confirmed that the baby has been treat and released. so that's good news. the suspected gunman is james holmes of aurora, colorado. bomb squad investigators cement the morning searching thru his apartment. they broke through the window. they didn't find anything. although police say they did find some items of interest that will help them with their investigation in this. there were a lot of teens and kids in in this audience where the movie was showing. the gold medal wore gas mas
holmes had his hair painted red and called himself the joker. police said he was dressed head to toe in body armor and wore a gas mask during the attack. jennifer seager said the suspect pointed a gun directly at her face. >> i just jumped forward into the aisle and curled into a ball and waited for him to go up the stairs. >> reporter: police say holmes fired an assault rifle, shotgun and at least one handgun during the attack. some of those shots went through the walls into another theater. the man in a blood soaked shirt and a child in a batman costume were among hundreds who made it out alive. corbin dayton was sitting in the second row. >> i felt the caps from the bullet burn my leg. >> reporter: the university of colorado confirm holmes was dropping out of a graduate program in neuroscience. police found explosives in his car and his nearby apartment. >> his apartment is booby trapped with various incendiary and chemical devices and apparent trip wires. >> reporter: the survivors include a 3-month-old baby. >> she got shot. when she got shot, it was just got watching over us
this suspect identified as 24-year-old james holmes in the parking lot. witnesses describes what happens in this terrifying scene. >> he came in and he started lighting a gas can, and he threw it into the crowd. at that point, he shot his first fire into the ceiling to scare everybody and they started scattering and mass chaos happened. from that point he went from here to here and he pointed the gun at me and i was terrified so i dove into the aisle and at that point he started to shoot people behind me and i had bullets burning my forehead and i knew i had to get out of there. i crl toed on the ground and waited in a ball until he went up to the stairs. i said to my friend, corbin, when he goes up the stairs we have to get out of here. we have to crawl. and at that point, everybody said, don't go over there, because he is going to shoot everybody who tries to get out of the main doors. and he was. and all i could hear would gunshot after gunshot, and women and everybody was screaming and he had on a mask so i could not see his face. >> and among those wounded was a 3-month-old baby. th
-old, james holmes. a former medical student. he was taken into custody immediately outside the theater as police and fbi search his apartment, apparently wired with explosives. >> we could be here for hours, we could be here for days. trying to figure out how to get in there. obviously we're very concerned about getting in there to get whatever evidence there is, but the pictures are pretty disturbing. it looks pretty sophisticated in terms of how it's boobytrapped. >> security at movie theaters across the country is being increased. in paris tonight's red carpet premiere for the movie has been canceled. president obama and mitt romney both canceled their campaign events today and their tv ads in colorado to respond immediately to the tragedy. >> my daughters go to the movies. what if malia and sasha had been in the theater. as so many of our kids do every day. michelle and i will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter. i'm sure you'll do the same with your children. for those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them. >> ann and i join the president and f
a picture of james holmes who is the a resident of aurora, colorado, and he is 24 years old. we are getting more information about him. he is a ph.d. candidate of the university of colorado where we are getting this picture from. the university of colorado. we understand that he was a ph.d. candidate for neurosciences, and that he had enrolled in june of last year, 2011, and that he was in the process of withdrawing from the university. that is the information that we have. he is 24 years old. he's a ph.d. candidate for neurosciences at the university of colorado. this is what the alleged gunman looks like. 24 years old. this is the individual who allegedly was responsible for this massacre here. this is a student. he is relatively young. you see he is smiling there. and the information that we have is that he was in the process of withdrawing from the university. we don't know what the circumstances are around that. we don't know whether or not he has family in the area. we do know that investigators did search the apartment and the building four miles from the theater where he lived. that
the 59 wounded and some are in critical condition. the suspect 24-year-old james holmes is in police custody. police say he was heavily armed when he surrendered outside the theater. a search is under way at his apartment. i want may be rigged with explosives. jay gray is in aurora with the latest. >> reporter: it was just after midnight when the "dark knight" quickly moved from fiction to reality. >> it sounded like madness. we were watching a scene of the movie. it was a shootout scene. guns were firing. a loud bang came from the right of the theater. smoke took over. >> reporter: witnesses say a man wearing a helmet, bullet proof vest, loaded with body armor and a gas mask burst through the exit door near the movie screen and tossed two canisters into the theater. >> it got harder to breathe. in less two seconds the gun shots started happening. >> reporter: the gunman identified as 24-year-old james holmes fired one shot into the air then turned his weapons on the crowd. >> he walks up the stairs and i hear gunshot after gunshot and women and children scream. it was terrifying. >>
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